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  • 1. The Crucible Act II
  • 2.
    • John Proctor sits down to dinner with his wife, Elizabeth.
    • Mary Warren, their servant, has gone to the witch trials, against Elizabeth’s order that she remain in the house.
  • 3.
    • Fourteen people are now in jail.
    • If these accused witches do not confess, they will be hanged.
    • Whoever Abigail and her friends name as they go into hysterics is arrested for bewitching the girls.
  • 4.
    • Proctor can barely believe the craziness, and he tells Elizabeth that Abigail had said her dancing had nothing to do with witchcraft.
    • Elizabeth wants him to testify that the accusations are fake.
  • 5.
    • He says that he cannot prove his it because Abigail told him while they were alone in a room.
    • Elizabeth loses all faith in him when she hears that he and Abigail were alone together.
  • 6.
    • Proctor demands that she stop judging him.
    • He says that he feels as though his home is a courtroom.
    • Elizabeth responds that the real court is in his own heart.
  • 7.
    • When Mary Warren returns home, she gives Elizabeth a poppet (doll) that she sewed in court, saying that it is a gift.
  • 8.
    • She reports that thirty-nine people now stand accused.
    • John and Mary argue over whether Mary can continue attending the trials.
  • 9.
    • He threatens to whip her, and Mary declares that she saved Elizabeth’s life that day.
    • Elizabeth’s name was apparently mentioned in the accusations (Mary will not name the accuser), but Mary spoke out in Elizabeth’s defense.
  • 10.
    • Proctor instructs Mary to go to bed, but she demands that he stop ordering her around.
    • Elizabeth, meanwhile, is convinced that it was Abigail who accused her of witchcraft, in order to take her place in John’s bed.
  • 11.
    • Hale visits the Proctors because he wants to speak with everyone whose name has been mentioned in connection with witchcraft.
    • He has just visited Rebecca Nurse.
  • 12.
    • Hale proceeds to ask questions about the Christian character of the Proctor home.
    • He notes that the Proctors have not often attended church and that their youngest son is not yet baptized.
  • 13.
    • Proctor explains that he does not like Parris’s preaching.
    • Hale asks them to recite the Ten Commandments.
    • Proctor tries… but forgets one…..
  • 14.
    • At Elizabeth’s urging, Proctor informs Hale that Abigail told him that the children’s sickness had nothing to do with witchcraft.
    • Taken aback, Hale replies that many have already confessed.
    • Proctor points out that they would have been hanged without a confession.
  • 15.
    • Giles and Francis rush into Proctor’s home, crying that their wives have been arrested.
    • Rebecca is charged with the supernatural murders of Mrs. Putnam’s babies.
  • 16.
    • A man bought a pig from Martha Corey and it died not long afterward; he wanted his money back, but she refused, saying that he did not know how to care for a pig.
  • 17.
    • Every pig he purchased thereafter died, and he accused her of bewitching him so that he would be incapable of keeping one alive.
  • 18.
    • Ezekiel Cheever and Herrick, the town marshal, arrive with a warrant for Elizabeth’s arrest.
    • Hale is surprised because, last he heard, Elizabeth was not charged with anything.
  • 19.
    • Cheever asks if Elizabeth owns any dolls, and Elizabeth replies that she has not owned dolls since she was a girl.
    • Cheever spies the doll Mary Warren gave her.
    • He finds a needle inside it.
  • 20.
    • Cheever relates that Abigail had a fit at dinner in Parris’s house that evening.
    • Parris found a needle in her abdomen, and Abigail accused Elizabeth of witchcraft.
    • Elizabeth brings Mary downstairs.
    • Mary informs the inquisitors that she made the doll while in court and stuck the needle in it herself.
  • 21.
    • As Elizabeth is led away, Proctor loses his temper and rips the warrant.
    • He asks Hale why the accuser is always considered innocent.
    • Hale appears less and less convince of the existence of witchcraft in Salem.
  • 22.
    • Proctor tells Mary that she has to testify in court that she made the doll and put the needle in it.
    • Mary declares that Abigail will kill her if she does and that Abigail would only charge him with lechery.
  • 23.
    • Proctor is shocked that Abigail told Mary about the affair, but he demands that she testify anyway.
    • Mary cries hysterically that she cannot.